Minnesota Public Radio features by Cody Nelson http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=31260 en-us Copyright 2017 Minnesota Public Radio Thu, 27 Apr 2017 02:12:35 -0500 Minnesota Public Radio features by Cody Nelson http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/images/mpr003/logo_mpr.gif http://minnesota.publicradio.org/?refid=0 Why did Scarsella get 15 years for shooting 5? Because he's white, critics say A local NAACP leader and some of Jamar Clark's family said they're disappointed in Allen Scarsella's sentence for shooting five people at a north Minneapolis protest. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/04/26/scarsella-sentencing-racial-bias-accusations?refid=0 Wed, 26 Apr 2017 18:30:42 -0500 Robert Pirsig, author of "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance," dies at 88 Pirsig's death came after a "period of failing health," his publisher William Morrow & Company said in a statement. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/04/24/books-robert-pirsig-author-zen-art-motorcycle-maintenance-dies-88?refid=0 Mon, 24 Apr 2017 16:00:00 -0500 4/20 probably won't be legal in Minnesota anytime soon On stoners' biggest day of the year, here's where two legal marijuana bills sit at the state Capitol. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/04/20/marijuana-legalization-check-in?refid=0 Thu, 20 Apr 2017 14:30:30 -0500 Think your child has the measles? Call before you seek care The highly contagious disease is generally preventable by a vaccine, but there's been a recent outbreak of at least nine cases among unvaccinated kids. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/04/18/hallberg-measles-outbreak-primer?refid=0 Tue, 18 Apr 2017 14:56:57 -0500 Lawsuit: Customs must hand over travel ban documents Minnesota's office of the American Civil Liberties Union has joined a lawsuit seeking the release of documents on the implementation of President Trump's bans on travel from Muslim-majority countries. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/04/12/lawsuit-aclu-customs-must-hand-over-travel-ban-documents?refid=0 Wed, 12 Apr 2017 18:37:35 -0500 Why 'The Root Beer Lady' got into soda-making Dorothy Molter's foray into making root beer started with an executive order from President Truman. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/04/11/history-dorothy-molter-boundary-waters-root-beer-lady?refid=0 Tue, 11 Apr 2017 08:19:00 -0500 Once-fired St. Paul cop allowed back on force; seen on video kicking man during arrest Brett Palkowitsch's firing was reduced to a 30-day unpaid suspension, according to arbitration documents released Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/04/05/palkowitsch-reinstated-st-paul-police-frank-baker?refid=0 Wed, 05 Apr 2017 18:30:51 -0500 A killer opioid's dark pathway to Minnesota Carfentanil, a synthetic opioid, is being blamed for five overdose deaths in Minnesota. This is how it got here. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/03/31/carfentanil-pathway-to-minnesota?refid=0 Fri, 31 Mar 2017 17:22:55 -0500 Here's how 2 sentences could guard Minnesotans' internet privacy The Minnesota Senate's jobs bill contains a provision that would block internet service providers from collecting data on Minnesota users. Here's where that fits into the national privacy debate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/03/31/minnesota-senate-internet-privacy-isp?refid=0 Fri, 31 Mar 2017 17:00:03 -0500 Understanding the confusing battle over 'sanctuary cities' A political and legal battle is brewing over the Trump administration's crackdown on so-called sanctuary cities that allegedly don't comply with federal immigration law. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/03/31/sanctuary-city-explainer?refid=0 Fri, 31 Mar 2017 09:33:07 -0500 Aaron Copland didn't like his famous nickname He was known as the Dean of American Composers. "That's just a name that somebody pinned up," Copland said. "It doesn't mean a thing." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/03/28/history-aaron-copland-dean?refid=0 Tue, 28 Mar 2017 08:00:00 -0500 More refugees expected to flee to Canada in 2017 The Manitoba Interfaith Immigration Council, which provides legal assistance for refugees looking for asylum, expects to handle 1,000 asylum claims this year -- about five times the 2016 amount. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/03/20/more-refugees-expected-to-flee-to-canada-in-2017?refid=0 Mon, 20 Mar 2017 16:59:08 -0500 Charges: Mpls. cop kicked man in face, causing brain injury Christopher Michael Reiter, 36, faces a felony third-degree assault charge for the incident, which happened while he was responding to a domestic assault call last spring. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/03/15/charges-minneapolis-cop-kicked-man-in-face-causing-tbi?refid=0 Wed, 15 Mar 2017 17:16:03 -0500 After CBO report, here's where the MN delegation stands on health bill Gov. Mark Dayton said Tuesday the Republican bill could cost the state billions in federal funds in the first year and a half. But Minnesota Republicans say the bill fixes problems with the nation's healthcare law. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/03/14/cbo-report-gop-health-care-bill-minnesota-congress-responds?refid=0 Tue, 14 Mar 2017 15:29:08 -0500 Drone out: 'The revolution will be asleep' Doctors Without Borders got a donation of some $4,000 from a strange source: a 28-hour drone. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/03/02/drone-not-drones-cedar-cultural-center?refid=0 Thu, 02 Mar 2017 04:00:00 -0600 A cautionary tale of a governor switcheroo When Gov. Mark Dayton was asked about speculation that he might resign before his term ends, he referred to this story from 40 years ago. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/02/28/history-wendell-anderson?refid=0 Tue, 28 Feb 2017 08:00:00 -0600 Man kicked by St. Paul cop, bitten by K-9 sues city Frank Baker, an African-American man bitten by a police dog and kicked by an officer during a June 2016 arrest, is suing the city and several cops for at least $5 million. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/02/17/frank-baker-st-paul-lawsuit?refid=0 Fri, 17 Feb 2017 16:54:02 -0600 Klobuchar: White House's Russia ties put U.S. in 'very vulnerable position' U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar said the U.S. should launch several investigations of Michael Flynn and his connections to Russia. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/02/14/klobuchar-wants-senate-probe-flynn?refid=0 Tue, 14 Feb 2017 18:58:49 -0600 Appeals court refuses to reinstate Trump travel ban A federal appeals court refused Thursday to reinstate President Donald Trump's ban on travelers from seven predominantly Muslim nations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/02/09/travel-ban-appeals-court-decision-trump?refid=0 Thu, 09 Feb 2017 16:26:30 -0600 Somali girl reunited with family after being barred from U.S. under Trump travel ban Mushkaad Abdi, 4, was initially blocked from coming to the U.S. because of President Trump's refugee ban. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/02/02/somali-girl-reunited-with-family-after-being-barred-from-us-under-trump-travel-ban?refid=0 Thu, 02 Feb 2017 17:59:56 -0600 Minnesota AG Swanson joins suit against Trump's immigration order Lori Swanson, the state attorney general, has joined a lawsuit alleging that President Trump's halt on immigration from seven countries is unconstitutional. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/02/01/minnesota-ag-swanson-joins-suit-against-trumps-immigration-ban?refid=0 Wed, 01 Feb 2017 20:19:19 -0600 Who are Minnesota's refugees? Refugees arrived in Minnesota from 25 different nations in 2016 -- including 5 of the 7 countries whose immigration to the U.S. was frozen by Trump's recent executive order. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/02/01/who-are-the-minnesota-refugees-explainer?refid=0 Wed, 01 Feb 2017 16:14:49 -0600 Walz: Customs officials refused to discuss travel ban When U.S. Rep. Tim Walz tried getting details on President Trump's recent executive order, customs officials wouldn't talk. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/02/01/walz-customs-blocked-from-talking-about-travel-ban?refid=0 Wed, 01 Feb 2017 14:48:26 -0600 When Mark Dayton got into politics If you were born anytime in the past 35 years or so, you might not realize there was a time when Mark Dayton was not a full-time politician. Dayton turns 70 on Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/01/26/history-mark-dayton-announces-us-senate-run?refid=0 Thu, 26 Jan 2017 09:00:00 -0600 In his own words: The night 'The Body' became the governor Three days after his upset in the Minnesota governor's race, Jesse Ventura sat down with former MPR News host Gary Eichten to tell his story of election night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/01/19/history-jesse-ventura-gary-eichten-election-victory-interview?refid=0 Thu, 19 Jan 2017 08:00:00 -0600 Winter heat wave closes Stillwater Ice Castles for at least 2 days Icy walking surfaces turn to slush when it's warm, so the Ice Castles will be closed Thursday and Friday. It's likely they'll stay shut through the weekend -- and possibly into next week, organizers said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/01/18/stillwater-ice-castles-temporarily-closed?refid=0 Wed, 18 Jan 2017 14:53:19 -0600 Get moving: Even weekend exercise can keep you alive longer A new study concludes that meeting just minimum exercise guidelines can lower death risk by around 30 percent. "We don't move enough," medical analyst Dr. Jon Hallberg tells MPR News. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/01/17/jama-study-exercise-guidlineshow-much-is-enough?refid=0 Tue, 17 Jan 2017 15:36:41 -0600 Bon Iver cancels 'Prairie Home' appearance, Euro tour The band made the announcement on Twitter Wednesday morning, citing only "personal reasons." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/01/04/bon-iver-cancels-prairie-home-appearance-euro-tour?refid=0 Wed, 04 Jan 2017 15:12:08 -0600 Pipeline protesters had Vikings tickets, entered U.S. Bank Stadium 'properly' Officials say Dakota Access oil pipeline protesters brought climbing gear and a large banner into U.S. Bank Stadium under "winter clothing" on Sunday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/01/03/dakota-access-pipeline-protesters-had-vikings-tickets-entered-us-bank-stadium-properly?refid=0 Tue, 03 Jan 2017 15:22:08 -0600 Judge tosses lawsuit that threatened small-town newspaper The Timberjay, an award-winning northern Minnesota paper, was sued by its part-owners in what the publisher labeled an act of retaliation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/12/29/timberjay-newspaper-lawsuit-dismissed?refid=0 Thu, 29 Dec 2016 17:16:22 -0600 Klobuchar says Russia sanctions are 'just the beginning' The Obama administration's sanctions against Russia were needed to halt the country's "longstanding practice" of cyberattacks, Sen. Amy Klobuchar said Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/12/29/amy-klobuchar-on-russian-sanctions?refid=0 Thu, 29 Dec 2016 16:14:17 -0600 Hundreds sign petition calling for firing of Gopher football coach University of Minnesota head football coach Tracy Claeys has been criticized for how he responded to his team's now-rescinded boycott over 10 players' suspension for a sexual assault case. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/12/27/petition-fire-gopher-football-coach-claeys?refid=0 Tue, 27 Dec 2016 19:17:51 -0600 On New Year's Day, Minnesota will officially change how it picks presidential candidates While it won't really matter until 2020, Minnesota will officially make the switch from presidential caucuses to primaries on Jan. 1. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/12/27/minnesota-adopts-presidential-primary-system?refid=0 Tue, 27 Dec 2016 04:00:00 -0600 Two found dead after apparent murder-suicide in Faribault Faribault police say it appears former police captain Richard Larson shot and killed his ex-wife, Barbara Larson, and then killed himself. She had taken a restraining order out against him earlier this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/12/23/faribault-two-dead-chamber-commerce?refid=0 Fri, 23 Dec 2016 15:46:15 -0600 Ag. Dept. warns of Norseman spirit made with leather Minneapolis company Norseman Distillery says its Leathered Aquavit is safe to drink, but the state's agriculture department disagrees. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/12/22/agriculture-department-norseman-leather-aquavit-warning?refid=0 Thu, 22 Dec 2016 17:56:31 -0600 Why colleges can punish sexual assault better than the courts When the University of Minnesota suspended 10 football players after investigating alleged sexual assaults that a prosecutor declined to charge, it illustrated how colleges can be better equipped to punish sexual violence on campus than the justice system. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/12/21/why-colleges-can-punish-sexual-assault-better-than-the-courts?refid=0 Wed, 21 Dec 2016 10:00:00 -0600 Want to warm up tonight? You could head to space It's going to be colder than Mars across Minnesota on Thursday night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/12/15/minnesota-colder-than-mars?refid=0 Thu, 15 Dec 2016 16:03:36 -0600 Twitter rises up for good: Campaigns spread to pay Twin Cities students' lunch debt Two separate campaigns are making their way around social media to help pay the school lunch debt for thousands of students in Minneapolis and St. Paul districts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/12/10/pay-lunch-debt-minneapolis-st-paul-social-media-campaign?refid=0 Sat, 10 Dec 2016 12:00:00 -0600 Standing Rock chair: Pipeline off treaty lands is OK, but climate change is the bigger issue "If for the first time this nation can listen and hear us, they'll understand that this is about climate change," Standing Rock Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault said of the Dakota Access oil pipeline protest. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/12/07/standing-rock-chair-pipeline-off-treaty-lands-is-ok-climate-change?refid=0 Wed, 07 Dec 2016 19:15:00 -0600 Blizzard warning up north, frigid temps statewide The National Weather Service has issued storm warnings for much of northwestern Minnesota starting Monday night, and temps are expected to take a polar plunge across the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/12/05/freezing-temps-blizzard-warning?refid=0 Mon, 05 Dec 2016 16:59:36 -0600 Nekima Levy-Pounds, attorney and activist, announces bid for Mpls. mayor The outgoing Minneapolis NAACP president says her campaign will focus on racial disparities, particularly on the unemployment and underemployment rates, as well as an "overhaul" of the criminal justice system. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/11/14/nekima-levy-pounds-minneapolis-mayor-run?refid=0 Mon, 14 Nov 2016 19:42:55 -0600 In campus free speech debate, nobody's really winning An incident at the University of Minnesota has become a flashpoint in the simmering debate over free speech on college campuses playing out across the state and nationwide this election season. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/11/04/campus-free-speech-debate-politics?refid=0 Fri, 04 Nov 2016 04:00:00 -0500 Boat into concerts? That's the plan for First Avenue's amphitheater proposal First Avenue and developers have shared a detailed plan for redeveloping the Upper Harbor Terminal site in north Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/10/26/first-avenue-upper-harbor-development?refid=0 Wed, 26 Oct 2016 18:38:29 -0500 Jerry and Patty Wetterling: 'Closure' a confusing word after truth about Jacob's death The fate of their 11-year-old son hung in limbo for 27 years after his disappearance on an October night in 1989. In September, they learned the truth: Jacob had been killed, hours after his abduction. And while they now have answers, Patty and Jerry Wetterling say "closure" is a whole other thing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/10/11/jerry-patty-wetterling?refid=0 Tue, 11 Oct 2016 18:00:02 -0500 1 person dead in north metro helicopter crash Anoka County, Lino Lakes, Centennial Lakes, Blaine and State Patrol authorities are responding to the incident. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/10/06/lino-lakes-helicopter-crash?refid=0 Thu, 06 Oct 2016 18:13:43 -0500 Newspaper battle becomes a must-read in northern Minnesota Owners of The Timberjay and Cook News Herald are locked in a fight over the finances and futures of a beloved community newspaper. The battle heads to court this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/10/04/timberjay-newspaper-lawsuit?refid=0 Tue, 04 Oct 2016 04:00:00 -0500 With BCA investigation over, what's next in Castile case? Ramsey County Attorney John Choi must now determine whether or not he will charge officer Jeronimo Yanez in Castile's death -- or if a grand jury will make the decision. Here's how grand juries work -- and why they've become such a controversial tool of the justice system. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/09/28/grand-jury-process-controversy-explained-philando-castile?refid=0 Wed, 28 Sep 2016 16:46:54 -0500 It begins: Here's how you can vote early in Minnesota Absentee or early voting for the general election begins today. Here's what you need to know to cast your ballot ahead of Election Day. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/09/23/minnesota-early-voting-guide-election-quiz?refid=0 Fri, 23 Sep 2016 04:00:00 -0500 Minneapolis police will track race, gender at traffic stops The department hopes tracking demographic information, including race and gender, at certain stops will increase transparency and public trust. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/09/15/minneapolis-police-track-race-gender-traffic-stops?refid=0 Thu, 15 Sep 2016 17:33:18 -0500 Boundary Waters newbie? Here's how to eat, plan, paddle and get home You've always wanted to do a Boundary Waters trip but it's a little scary, right? Don't worry. With a little research and planning, it's possible to take a first trip independently. Here's a quick guide. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/08/11/newbie-guide-to-boundary-waters-camping?refid=0 Thu, 11 Aug 2016 04:00:00 -0500 Minneapolis police have 'good leads' in fatal shooting A man reportedly riding his bike was shot in north Minneapolis Wednesday morning. The victim later died at the hospital. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/08/03/fatal-north-minneapolis-shooting?refid=0 Wed, 03 Aug 2016 13:36:35 -0500 46 protesters charged with 3rd degree riot in I-94 shutdown Ramsey County District Court has set their bail at $1,500. Maximum sentences for third-degree riot in Minnesota are one year in prison, a $1,000 fine, or both. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/07/11/interstate-i94-shutdown-protest-charges-philando-castile?refid=0 Mon, 11 Jul 2016 16:21:01 -0500 Tense evening after marchers, calling for racial justice, shut down I-94 Protesters marched for racial justice Saturday, disrupting traffic while calling for an end to police brutality. Interstate 94 was shut down for hours late Saturday as police and protesters faced off. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/07/09/marchers-calling-for-racial-justice-create-traffic-snarls?refid=0 Sat, 09 Jul 2016 23:00:00 -0500 BCA identifies officer who killed Philando Castile The officer that fired the fatal shots has been identified as Jeronimo Yanez. A second officer has also been placed on administrative leave. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/07/07/bca-identifies-officer-that-killed-philando-castile?refid=0 Thu, 07 Jul 2016 22:35:38 -0500 How gun carry permit classes teach handling traffic stops According to Facebook video, Philando Castile seemed to be following protocol for a gun carry permit holder. But many details about the deadly traffic stop are still unclear. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/07/07/gun-permit-carriers-traffic-stops?refid=0 Thu, 07 Jul 2016 19:27:06 -0500 Colleagues, family call Philando Castile good-hearted, hard worker The man shot and killed Wednesday by police during a Falcon Heights traffic stop worked in St. Paul public schools and was remembered warmly. "They killed a innocent man," said his maternal grandfather. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/07/07/who-was-philando-castile?refid=0 Thu, 07 Jul 2016 12:33:23 -0500 How to make sure you keep seeing MPR News stories on Facebook Facebook is making some big changes to your News Feed. Here's how to make sure you keep seeing the posts you want. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/07/05/how-to-keep-seeing-facebook-page-posts?refid=0 Tue, 05 Jul 2016 15:36:31 -0500 Minneapolis passes paid sick leave mandate The City Council on Friday unanimously agreed to give full-time, part-time and temporary Minneapolis employees one hour of paid sick or safe time for every 30 hours they work. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/27/minneapolis-passes-paid-sick-safe-leave-mandate?refid=0 Fri, 27 May 2016 12:04:42 -0500 MN United unveils new stadium renderings, gets liquor license The team got two of its three asks from the Legislature: a liquor license and a property tax exemption for the stadium. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/26/minnesota-united-fc-stadium-new-renderings?refid=0 Thu, 26 May 2016 14:37:08 -0500 With no route to run, the Minneapolis Marathon is canceled The Team Ortho Foundation, the nonprofit that organizes the marathon, didn't lock down routes in time for the June 5 event. Organizers are offering full refunds to runners who already registered. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/25/2016-minneapolis-marathon-cancelled-team-ortho-foundation?refid=0 Wed, 25 May 2016 17:29:00 -0500 Eden Prairie man charged in stabbing death of pregnant wife Yevgeniy Savenok, 30, stabbed 23-year-old Lyuba Savenok multiple times with a kitchen knife Saturday morning, according to the Hennepin County Attorney. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/17/eden-prairies-murder-charges-stabbing-pregnant-wife?refid=0 Tue, 17 May 2016 15:58:24 -0500 The media, the protest movement and Unicorn Riot Online news startup Unicorn Riot has found a cultural niche reporting on the voices within social justice movements that traditional media can leave out. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/05/unicorn-riot-media-protest-movement?refid=0 Thu, 05 May 2016 15:00:00 -0500 Homeland Security investigating alleged Somali profiling by TSA The announcement comes shortly after a senior TSA manager in Minnesota said his bosses told him to profile Somali people. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/05/homeland-security-investigating-racial-profiling-allegations-tsa?refid=0 Thu, 05 May 2016 14:33:26 -0500 16 things you should know about Prince The Purple One was a giant in the music world, penning hits for other artists and widely cited as an influence and mentor by other performers. While all the world discusses him after his death, here are a few things you should know. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/21/things-you-should-know-about-prince?refid=0 Thu, 21 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0500 Highway 100 closing this weekend, again Beginning Friday night, drivers can expect detours at I-394 and Highway 62. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/14/highway-100-closing-again?refid=0 Thu, 14 Apr 2016 10:00:00 -0500 When the concert stage is in your living room Photojournalist Jackson Forderer spent two nights in the Mankato living room of Colin Scharf and Laura Schultz, documenting the thriving house show culture and community they're building. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/08/minnesota-home-concerts-photos?refid=0 Fri, 08 Apr 2016 04:00:00 -0500 Blaine elementary teacher on leave after alleged sexual assault of student Kenneth Lee Sonnenfeld, Jr., 52, was arrested Tuesday night. He's was charged with second-degree criminal sexual conduct for touching a student in class. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/09/blaine-teacher-sexual-assault-charge?refid=0 Wed, 09 Mar 2016 15:22:27 -0600 Today, across Minnesota: Democracy, township-style Tuesday is Township Day in Minnesota, when many of the state's 1,781 townships will host elections and decide their tax levels for the next year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/08/mn-township-elections?refid=0 Tue, 08 Mar 2016 12:22:00 -0600 Why do we caucus in Minnesota? While all but 13 states have switched to using primaries for nominating presidential delegates, understanding Minnesota's political history can help explain why such an arcane process is still used here. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/25/election-caucuses-not-primaries-minnesota?refid=0 Thu, 25 Feb 2016 04:00:00 -0600 St. Paul will explore making earned sick and safe time mandatory City leaders hope to convene a task force to explore specifics of how businesses of all sizes in St. Paul could offer earned sick and safe time benefits to their employees. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/28/stpaul-considers-mandatory-sick-leave?refid=0 Thu, 28 Jan 2016 04:00:00 -0600 Walter Mondale: U.S. must fill embassy vacancies The former vice president talked with Tom Crann about what he calls a security issue for the country. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/30/mondale-embassy-vacancy?refid=0 Wed, 30 Dec 2015 16:01:53 -0600 Northern Lights may be visible tonight as geomagnetic storm heads our way If conditions align just right, the aurora borealis could be visible. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/30/northern-lights-minnesota?refid=0 Wed, 30 Dec 2015 15:52:55 -0600 New year, new laws in Minnesota Perhaps the most notable new law taking effect Jan. 1 expands Minnesota's medical marijuana program to patients with intractable pain. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/30/minnesota-new-laws-2016?refid=0 Wed, 30 Dec 2015 04:00:00 -0600 Friday Roundtable: Lessons after police shootings from across the country MPR News host Kerri Miller sat down with people from three communities -- Baltimore; North Charleston, S.C.; and Oakland, Calif. -- where recent police killings that to protests. What lessons can they share with Minneapolis? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/04/bcst-roundtable-jamarclark?refid=0 Fri, 04 Dec 2015 00:00:00 -0600 Minnesota immigrant advocates take their message to Washington The group organizing the trip, Asamblea de Derechos Civiles (Assembly for Civil Rights), will make a stop at a detention center in the nation's capitol. They hope to bring attention to recent decisions by Hennepin and Ramsey counties to stop complying with federal detainer requests. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/16/minnesota-immigrant-advocates-take-their-message-to-washington?refid=0 Mon, 16 Jun 2014 11:29:46 -0500 Northstar commuter bus to expand, adjust fares Changes to the bus route's fare structures are to help bring them in line with Metro Transit's fees so riders will eventually be able to ride both the bus and the train with one payment. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/01/northstar-commuter-bus-to-expand-adjust-fares?refid=0 Sun, 01 Jun 2014 16:25:41 -0500 Marsh Lake restoration project poised for federal funds Construction of a dam on the Minnesota River near where it intersects with the Pomme de Terre created the 4,500-acre Marsh Lake in the 1930s. Now, it faces high turbidity, among other issues. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/23/marsh-lake-restoration-project-poised-for-federal-funds?refid=0 Fri, 23 May 2014 17:49:41 -0500 Two St. Paul residents charged with sex trafficking A St. Paul man and woman have been charged with felony sex trafficking for forcing a 15-year-old girl to work as a prostitute. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/12/news/saint-paul-sex-trafficking?refid=0 Thu, 12 Dec 2013 15:44:37 -0600 Lakeville school honors teen killed in crash Lakeville North High School started classes Thursday with a moment of silence to honor a classmate who died Wednesday when her car slid into an oncoming SUV. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/05/news/lakeville-high-honors-teen-killed-in-crash?refid=0 Thu, 05 Dec 2013 13:00:31 -0600 Capri Theater could get multi-million dollar boost with land purchase The last of what used to be 13 movie houses in north Minneapolis may soon undergo a multi-million dollar expansion and renovation project. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/20/arts/capri-theater?refid=0 Wed, 20 Nov 2013 04:00:00 -0600 Library services used by homeless get more resources, funds The downtown Minneapolis Central Library sees up to 400 homeless visitors on any given day and word is spreading that the library has services that can help those who need it. Now, those programs are getting a financial boost. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/16/library-services-used-by-homeless-get-more-resources-funds?refid=0 Sat, 16 Nov 2013 00:00:00 -0600 Remains identified of Mpls. woman missing since 1993 The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has identified the remains of a Minneapolis woman who disappeared 20 years ago, opening up the investigation in a decades-old homicide case. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/08/news/remains-identified?refid=0 Fri, 08 Nov 2013 11:21:35 -0600 National duathlon championships coming to St. Paul Organizers from USA Triathlon expect the event to bring as many as 1,200 athletes to the city for the July 19 race. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/03/sports/national-duathlon-championships-coming-to-st-paul?refid=0 Sun, 03 Nov 2013 11:43:30 -0600 For fringe candidates, it's about the principle Most candidates on the periphery of the Minneapolis mayoral race don't think they'll actually become the next mayor. But for some with more serious platforms, it's about bringing attention to an issue. http://blogs.mprnews.org/cities/?p=2566?refid=0 Fri, 01 Nov 2013 00:01:00 -0500 Minneapolis mayoral candidate bio: Stephanie Woodruff Minneapolis mayoral candidate Stephanie Woodruff has seen both sides of the economic divide. She has been a high-level corporate executive and a victim of the foreclosure crisis. http://blogs.mprnews.org/cities/?p=2405?refid=0 Thu, 24 Oct 2013 11:00:00 -0500 Minneapolis mayoral candidate bio: Cam Winton With 35 candidates on the ballot, there has been no shortage of press conferences in the Minneapolis mayor's race. But none compares to Cam Winton's. http://blogs.mprnews.org/cities/?p=2404?refid=0 Thu, 24 Oct 2013 05:00:00 -0500 Minneapolis mayoral candidate bio: Don Samuels Don Samuels might have been a Jamaican gospel music star. Instead, his improbable path led him to the Minneapolis mayor's race. http://blogs.mprnews.org/cities/?p=2402?refid=0 Wed, 23 Oct 2013 11:00:00 -0500 Minneapolis mayoral candidate bio: Betsy Hodges Betsy Hodges enjoys balancing the billion-dollar Minneapolis city budget. And as chair of the City Council's Ways and Means/Budget Committee for the past four years, she's had plenty of practice. http://blogs.mprnews.org/cities/?p=2401?refid=0 Wed, 23 Oct 2013 05:00:00 -0500 Minneapolis mayoral candidate bio: Dan Cohen It's been more than 40 years since Dan Cohen held elected office, but he's one of the eight leading candidates to replace outgoing Mayor R.T. Rybak. http://blogs.mprnews.org/cities/2013/10/minneapolis-mayoral-candidate-bio-dan-cohen/?refid=0 Tue, 22 Oct 2013 05:00:00 -0500 Minneapolis mayoral candidate bio: Jackie Cherryhomes Cherryhomes' political career began in 1989 when she unseated the only African-American member of the Minneapolis City Council, Van White. Cherryhomes, who is white, would represent the most diverse ward in the city for the next 12 years. Since 2001, she has worked as a consultant and lobbyist. http://blogs.mprnews.org/cities/2013/10/minneapolis-mayoral-candidate-bio-jackie-cherryhomes/?refid=0 Mon, 21 Oct 2013 12:11:47 -0500 Minneapolis mayoral candidate bio: Mark Andrew Fourteen years after Mark Andrew resigned from the Hennepin County Board, he's making a bid to return to elected office. http://blogs.mprnews.org/cities/2013/10/mayoral-candidate-bio-mark-andrew/?refid=0 Mon, 21 Oct 2013 05:56:38 -0500 Injuries among fears pushing some Minnesota kids away from football Football is king in Eden Prairie, and many boys hope to someday play for the town's famed high school team, which has won two straight state championships -- and eight since the mid-1990s. But Eden Prairie coaches are concerned the high school team may not have such a rich pool of players to choose from in the near future. http://blogs.mprnews.org/statewide/2013/10/injury-fear-pushing-many-minnesota-kids-away-from-football/?refid=0 Tue, 15 Oct 2013 05:56:37 -0500 New security measures, traffic patterns at the Twin Cities marathon Drivers will find a change in the traffic pattern this year. And marathon organizers will implement a new security measure in response to last spring's Boston marathon bombings. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/05/twin-cities-marathon-changes?refid=0 Sat, 05 Oct 2013 14:59:25 -0500 Rehabbed raptors to be freed today The Raptor Center treats around 800 injured birds each year to get them strong enough to migrate and catch their own food again. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/28/rehabbed-raptors-to-be-freed-today?refid=0 Sat, 28 Sep 2013 08:18:09 -0500 Police push nabs over 1,500 drunk drivers Police from 344 agencies around the state increased DWI enforcement in late summer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/13/dwi-enforcement?refid=0 Fri, 13 Sep 2013 16:14:17 -0500 Two arrested in alleged store manager kidnapping Medina police have arrested two suspects in the alleged kidnapping of a 37-year-old man. The man, whom police found unharmed and tied up in his trunk, manages a Verizon Wireless store in Minneapolis. Police say the two male suspects likely intended to steal his keys and rob the store. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/12/medina-police-arrest-two-in-kidnapping?refid=0 Thu, 12 Sep 2013 15:39:06 -0500